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    Delia's Soufflé Omelette with Swiss Gruyère Cheese and Parmesan

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    Delia's Soufflé Omelette with Swiss Gruyère Cheese and Parmesan

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 5 minutes
    • Total time: 15 minutes 15 minutes

    Serves: 2

    Ingredients

    3 large eggs, separated
    25g grated Gruyère cheese
    25g freshly grated Parmesan
    1 heaped tablespoon snipped chives
    10g butter (a heaped teaspoon)
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    To finish:
    1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
    Some snipped chives

    You will need a Delia Online/Silverwood Little Gem Frying Pan (heavy gauge aluminium) or similar with a 17cm base

    Method

    First separate the eggs – yolks into a small bowl and whites into a squeaky-clean large bowl (Link to Video Techniques separating eggs & Perfect Eggs. It helps if you separate the whites into a cup first before adding them to the bowl, then if one breaks, it won't ruin the rest.

    Next put the pan on to a low heat to warm through. While that's happening, whisk the egg whites with either an electric hand whisk or a balloon whisk, until they form soft peaks. Then, using a large metal spoon, quickly fold the egg yolks into the egg whites, adding half of the grated Gruyère and Parmesan and the chives and some seasoning at the same time. Warm the pan over a low heat and then add the butter to the pan and turn the heat up to high and when the butter is foaming, pile the whole lot into the pan and give it a good hefty shake to even it out.

    Now let the omelette cook for 1 minute. Then slide a palette knife round the edges to loosen it, sprinkle the remaining cheese all over the surface and whack the omelette under the pre-heated hot grill, 10 cm from the heat. Let it cook for 1 more minute, until the cheese has melted and tinged golden. Next, remove the pan from the heat and let it stand and settle for 2 minutes. Take the pan to the warmed plate, use the palette knife to loosen it all around, then ease one half of the omelette over the other and tilt the whole lot out onto the plate. Scatter the Parmesan and some snipped chives over the top. Divide it into two and serve immediately.

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    Recipe adapted from Delia’s Complete How to Cook published by BBC Books 2009 © Delia Smith 2013

    To watch this recipe video, click here


    For more information about Delia's online cookery school go to www.deliaonline.com 

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